Coach confident in Glory signings
Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson believes his recent recruiting spree has addressed the depth problems that plagued the club last season.
The Glory were hamstrung by injuries in 2010/11 as they limped to a tenth-placed finish in the A-League. But Ferguson believes the signings of Liam Miller, Shane Smeltz, Danny Vukovic, Dean Heffernan and Bas van den Brink could help the club reach the finals for only the second time since the creation of the A-League.
"I'm delighted with the squad we're assembling at the moment because I feel as though the depth is a lot better," Ferguson said. "I'm trying to get two quality players for each position, where there is going to be competition, and that wasn't here last year.
"We're headed towards that. We're still 14 weeks away from the start of the season so that gives us plenty of time to try to gel and give the boys a bit of continuity. It's nice to get Liam on board, Van Den Brink as well, and we'll hopefully get another one or two on board before the season starts.
"We're looking at another centre-half and we're also looking for another midfielder, so we're working very hard towards that. We've got two or three options, but we need to make sure we get the right ones in."
Miller most important
Ferguson said the addition of former Manchester United,
"I'm hoping he's going to be one of our playmakers. He's got a great engine, he's up and down the park, everybody I've spoken to has given him rave reports," he said. "You don't play for Man United if you're any kind of mug. I think Australia will be very surprised when they see Liam play.
"We were lacking energy and mobility at times and we're trying to get that now. We've brought these players in who will hopefully give us that, from the full-backs to the midfield and even up front."
Miller, who spent the past two seasons playing with
"It's very exciting for me, I'm really looking forward to it," he said. "I think the most important factor for me [when joining Perth] was the football, which I'm really excited about. I'm sure it will be a good standard and I'm sure it will be a tough league, but a nice league to play in as well."